March 24, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State track and field teams will host their first home meet of the season in the FSU Relays starting Thursday, March 25-27 at the Mike Long Track. This is the first of three home meets the Seminoles will host.
“This is really the first time we will get to see the whole team compete,” FSU Associate Head Coach Harlis Meaders said. “We are really excited about the weekend. We expect the level of competition to be good. This meet has been going on for a long time and it has a lot of history. We have an extremely talented group of ladies and men that are anxious to compete in front of the home crowd. There will be a large number of athletes competing for us this weekend.”
The Garnet and Gold is scheduled to face stiff competition with an array of collegiate athletes from around the nation’s elite programs including Tennessee, Wisconsin and in-state rivals South Florida, North Florida and FAMU.
A few Seminoles slated to compete on the women’s side will be sprinters Teona Rodgers and Danielle Jeffrey, distance duo Andrea Palen and Amanda Quick, pole vaulter Liz Mabry, javelin thrower Erin Simmons and Allyn Laughlin in the shot put.
As for the men, sprinters Logan Brafford and David Ambler, decathlete Gonzalo Barroilhet, hurdler Pablo Navarrete, jumper Marlon Woods and throwers Michael Putman and Bryan Howard look to build on their previous performances.
Kicking-off their outdoor season at home will be distance stand-out Pasca Cheruiyot, Tiara Swanagan in the high jump and jumper Amy Harris for the women, while distance runner Matthew Huckaby and high jumper Andrew Bachelor represent the men.
Both the men’s and women’s 4x100m relay squads will also make their debut this weekend with Marecia Pemberton, Candyce McGrone, Jeffrey and Rodgers teaming up for the women and the men’s foursome including Ambler, Brandon Byram, Charles Clark and Maurice Mitchell looking to start their season strong.
The meet will open on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. with the decathlon at the Mike Long Track. Fans are encouraged to cheer on the `Noles at the track as admission is free. Live results will be available through halfmiletiming.com and a daily recap will be posted on www.seminoles.com.